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Emerging Leaders: The Path to Authentic Leadership


In these challenging and rapidly changing times, we often face the question of how to stay true to our deeply held values amid the complexity of our roles and responsibilities. We need time to reflect on our passion and purpose to lead and serve authentically.

Join us for a three-day, two-night retreat where you’ll discover a unique kind of professional and personal development—one that deepens your self-awareness and renews your energy to live and lead with authenticity, integrity, and courage.

Program Intention

To support and develop authentic and courageous leadership, you will:

  • Discover self-reflective practices and explore wholehearted leadership
  • Identify and honor your gifts, strengths, and limitations
  • Explore the connection between what you do and who you are
  • Examine and learn to manage the “tragic gap” between your ideals and the realities in your work
  • Engage in honest dialogue, careful listening, and thoughtful questioning
  • Learn to create trustworthy relationships and safe spaces
  • Enhance your appreciation for diversity
  • Develop healthy practices to sustain service and leadership

A Partnership for Tomorrow

Second Wave Learning is partnering with skilled facilitators prepared by the Center for Courage & Renewal to host this inaugural workshop. Both organizations recognize the challenges ahead for tomorrow’s leaders and are committed to helping you prepare with the tools you’ll need to lead us into the future.

Who Should Attend

This workshop is designed for tomorrow’s leaders—young professionals, ages 24 - 40, from business, social, and government sectors who have the courage to journey into themselves more deeply to discover their true leadership calling.

Our Approach

This retreat is based on the Circle of Trust® approach developed by Parker J. Palmer and the Center for Courage & Renewal. Skilled Courage & Renewal facilitators create a “safe space” for all participants. In solitude and large- and small-group discussions, you’ll be invited to reflect deeply using poetry, music, nature, art, and various wisdom traditions to guide you. A Clearness Committee, a process of discernment that lets you hear your inner wisdom, will be the capstone of the retreat.


Program Information

Date and Time

Friday, November 8 at 4:30pm –
Sunday, November 10 at 12:00pm

Registration deadline is Monday, October 14


Bon Secours Retreat and Conference Center
1525 Marriottsville Rd.
Marriottsville, MD 21104

Participants will enjoy comfortable lodging, delicious meals, and 313 acres of pasture and woodlands to explore.

Price Per Participant


This fee includes the nonrefundable $200 deposit + tuition, lodging, materials, and meals.


Participants are responsible for travel to and from the retreat. Baltimore/Washington Airport (BWI) is 23 miles from the facility.



Nancy Edmundson sees Circle of Trust® practices as transformational for individuals and foundational for creating trustworthy communities. She has been involved in Circle of Trust® work since 2008, and she prepared as a Courage & Renewal Facilitator in 2012. Nancy’s first profession was as a Physical Therapist and business owner, followed by a career as a religious professional. Her experience in consultation, leadership development, small group formation and retreat facilitation spans the past 25 years. Nancy has worked in community organizing for alternative education, interfaith countywide programs for unsheltered homeless and serves on the board of PFLAG Santa Barbara. She lives in Santa Barbara with her husband, Alan and together they boast about their three adult children, all their partners and one amazing grandson!

Tamara Srader is a facilitator in preparation with the Center for Courage & Renewal. Her passion lies in experientially working alongside individuals and teams to find the “ah-ha” moments and using them to become a more authentic leader. Her mission is to create a space worthy of the soul to appear. Over the past 25 years she has led both local and global teams in non-profit and corporate leadership roles. This includes volunteering with LGBTQ youth and individuals with developmental disabilities. She resides with her wife, Lee Ann in Alexandria, Virginia where they coexist with their five pets including two rambunctious basset hounds and also happen to enjoy the outdoors and various needlecrafts.

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